Our Favourite Albums of 2016

Some of our team up here in Liverpool have picked their favourite albums of 2016. 

Let us know what you think in the comments section.

Kevin McManus (Curator)

I love David Bowie's 'Blackstar' album. It's a collection that stands up as a genuinely stunning and innovative album even without the added poignancy of Bowie's death a few days after it was released. But my personal favourite was the return of the The Coral with the magnificent 'Distance Inbetween'.  It's the sound of a band reinvigorated and making a real statement of intent. 

Sarah Holbrook (Sales & Marketing)

I stumbled across Kaleo on an acoustic playlist on Spotify and they were my find of 2016. I’ve hammered their 'A/B' album this year. Their song “I Can’t Go On Without You” was particularly haunting when I saw them earlier this year and I can’t wait to see them again next year at the Albert Hall in Manchester because that is such a fitting venue for their vibe.

Cath Hurley (Marketing Manager)

Most of my walks home from work have been sound-tracked by ‘A Seat at The Table’ by Solange. It’s an incredibly important and captivating album that explicitly portrays the experiences of Solange and the many non-white people that she is representing in her thought-provoking lyrics. The production on this is gorgeous, as are the arrangements and her vocals, which all help to make those powerful words cut deeper. A truly honest and political album that serves as a snapshot of life in America through these dark times.

Craig Middlehurst (VE Duty Officer)

Black Peaks – 'Statues'. So many different sounds and genres all perfectly executed in one seriously impressive debut. With massive guitars, soaring vocals and a musical prowess to be jealous of, they’re British, original, and deserve a massive future… The standard bearer of everything I’ve been listening to in 2016 . If you haven’t already, check them out!

Tim Husbands (CEO of TBL)

Van Morrison’s  ‘Keep Me Singing’ – a Belfast legend, Van returns to his musical roots to find a sound that has reflections of his classic period of productivity.

Ian Gardner (Venue Operations Manager)

Blossoms, Blossoms

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